Writes NASA, "A mishap occurred shortly after liftoff. Orbital has declared a contingency. NASA and Orbital are still determining when a press conference will be held."Read More
International Space Station
Deep Thought was right!
Maybe we should have paid closer attention when the most intelligent beings on the planet (astronauts) started heading off to outer space.Read More
One small step for man, two giant leaps back. One small step, two leaps back.
In space, no one can hear your bias, but on Earth you better check your privilege.Read More
Soyuz better be excited!
See that person on the right of this picture Commander Chris Hadfield tweeted out this morning? That's Russian Cosmonaut Elena Olegovna Serova, and tomorrow afternoon, she's joining Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev and Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore (both also pictured) as they make their way into space for the 41st Expedition to the International Space Station. There, she'll become the first female Russian cosmonaut to ever board the ISS.Read More
"Astromice" is probably more accurate, but the other has a better mouth feel.
All together now: MICE...IN...SPAAAAAAACE!Read More
They're tore up plenty, but they'll fly true.
Honorary space cowboy Dirk Loechel has just completed a mind-blowingly comprehensive 4,268 x 5,690-pixel chart that demonstrates the comparative size of virtually every beloved ship in all of sci-fi.Read More
Space: the most adorable frontier
Wanna get children into science? Talking about it with them is a good start. Of course, if you're an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station, odds are you're going to get the kids' attentions a lot quicker than their parents or teachers can.Read More
This should shut that upstart Rosetta up.
We need more GIFs of Mulder and Scully high-fiving: Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reports that cosmonauts have found microorganisms on the exterior of the International Space Station.Read More
TL;DR: Astronauts are great at Twitter. Storms make us feel small.
Whenever there's a big weather event, you can count on the astronauts aboard the International Space Station to send out some pretty amazing pictures to put it into perspective. Although, unlike when you try to put a bad day into perspective, putting a hurricane or a typhoon into perspective mostly just makes them look even scarier and more awe inspiring. More after the jump.Read More
This is why following astronauts on Twitter is great.
Before Hurricane Arthur made landfall in North Carolina yesterday astronaut Reid Wiseman snapped this picture from the International Space Station showing the storm's then newly formed eye. Even terrible things can look beautiful from space.Read More